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House of X/Powers of X

(House of X/Powers of X #1-12)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  6,285 ratings  ·  909 reviews
Mutants are the future, and the future begins now! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINITY, SECRET WARS) takes the reigns of the X-Men universe with artists Pepe Larraz and R.B. Silva to change the way you look at every X-Men story. HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X intertwine to reveal the secret past, present, future, and far future of Mutantkind! It all starts when Charles ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published December 11th 2019 by Marvel
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David Given Schwarm Agreed--I think a new reader will be pretty much completely confused here. There are a LOT of characters with extremely complex interwoven back storie…moreAgreed--I think a new reader will be pretty much completely confused here. There are a LOT of characters with extremely complex interwoven back stories (think last Avengers movie time TEN--seriously, imagine trying to explain Sinister to someone that has not been reading for a LONG time), plus a lot of the important story beats depend on a deep understanding of character backstory & personality which are mostly assumed by the writers.

Also, adding to the complexity, Xavier in the comics is NOT the same as in the movies -- and that goes for a LOT of the important characters in this story...Readers coming from the film will likely sink not swim...(less)
a.g.e. montagner In the paperback edition from Panini Comics UK (ISBN 9781846533884) each HoX issue is followed by a PoX issue, one to six. They are cumulatively numbe…moreIn the paperback edition from Panini Comics UK (ISBN 9781846533884) each HoX issue is followed by a PoX issue, one to six. They are cumulatively numbered as House of X / Powers of X , part 1 to 12. (less)

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I loved the story!


It really does make all the crazy X-men titles and wacky plotlines come together into something that resembles a cohesive story. And it makes them interesting again.


Which, for someone like me who was never able to really get a grasp on what was happening, this is an amazing thing to read. And while I've arguably read more comics than the average soccer mom, I've still never come remotely close to being an X-pert. <--I am so sorry for that! I couldn't stop myself.


However, as muc
Sam Quixote
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
The only interesting thing Marvel Comics did in 2019 was finally take a firm grip of their X-Men line - which has been floundering aimlessly for years with numerous silly and pointless death/marriage/VS storylines - and unify it with a suitably epic new storyline. I’m sure Marvel saw the success DC have had by giving stewardship of their entire Superman line to Brian Michael Bendis who breathed new life into that icon for a new audience, so they brought back a big name to come back and take over ...more
What a reboot to the series, or so I hear. Since they announced at Comic Con last summer 6 new X-men titles, I have been wanting to read them and this is my first one of the new batch. So many classic characters are back in the pages of the story.

We have a new mutant called Moira whose mutant ability is re-incarnation. She comes back after death with all her memories intact to the same life over again and she can make different choices to change her future. She makes for a great character. We se
Tiag⊗ the Mutant
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-men
Mutants have been persecuted throughout the entire Marvel history, they've been killed and abused over and over again.... NO MORE!

House of X/Powers of X is one of the best franchise relaunches I ever read, Jonathan Hickman built the foundation for the future of the X-Men in such an exciting way that I fear upcoming writers are going to struggle to live up to the expectations in the future.

This is turning point for the mutants, a revolution that started some time ago in AvX, when Cyclops told Cap
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Finally the X-Men is good again for the first time since the last time they all lived on an island. Marvel has left the X-Men to flounder since the days of Schism. (I honestly think they were trying to drive down sales for a long time while Fox had the movie rights.) And I've been reading X-Men since the Claremont and Byrne days. Hickman brings in all his high concepts, builds a great starting off point for new readers while building off some of the major X-Men events of the past like House of M ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly epic story. Nothing short of a new world order. These stories House of X and Power of X needed to but put together, I could not imagine having them separately and then trying to put them together.

The artwork is great the story is huge and I am not going to spoil it here, the only fault i found is a character who has the power of resurrection, really seem to living their life over and over but time stands still around it. Read it and you will see what i mean.

There is not as much action i
Sean Gibson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I cut my comics teeth on X-Men (specifically, the Dark Phoenix Saga) about 30 years ago, so Marvel’s merry mutants have always been my nearest and dearest four-color pals (well, except maybe for Spider-Man). Having Messrs. Claremont and Byrne as my entrée into comics has proven both blessing and curse.

On the one hand, when it comes to superhero team books, they don’t get much better than the opera (both space and soap) that those two sang so beautifully together. On the other, their work so def
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Hickman is for epics.

This is House of X / Powers of X, part of the Dawn of X line (if you don't get it, this is an X-Men event).

Speaking as an old-school fan who grew up with the 90s crossover era, went back and read every classic Claremont era, and jumped back in every once in a while such as during Grant Morrison's ambitious run in the 2000s, it's good to see the X-Men are back. Without getting into the Marvel Studios/Fox rumors, let's just say it's been a while since comics flagshi
James DeSantis
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
House of X made X-Men a MUST read title once more.

The thing is I didn't hate recent X-Men runs. One a few years ago by Bendis was pretty good, I liked some of Taylor's run as well as Astoning X-Men by Soule. I even enjoyed the more recent first half of Rosenberg's run. Saying that, while they were all good, we needed great. The X-men have been down for far too long. Enter Hickman to pick them back up and make them grand again.

Right off the bat the world is set different Xavier, Cyclops, and a
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece and an instant classic. Quite possibly the best thing Hickman's ever written, and I'm almost sure the best X-Men run... ever. Easily the best thing to happen in comics all year, which is no small feat since 2019 in particular saw an insane amount of fantastic comics. But really, nothing could compare to the sheer grandness and genius that Hickman brought to the world of Marvel's mutants. (Well... maybe the final year of Giant Days. But nothing will ever be as good as Giant Days, so ...more
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Representatives of the leading world powers have been requested to attend an event on an island, as a prelude to the ratification of a new country - a new state, run by, and containing mutants led by Xavier AND Magneto! What the!!! If you ignore the fact that this story ignores most of the more recent continuity, it does take a pretty deep and detailed re-look at the X-universe to create a multi-era, cogent story with a huge cast of nearly ALL our favourite mutants.

This feels like it could becom
The Lion's Share
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A modern classic in its infancy.

Wild ideas and fantastic execution.
Matt Quann
I'm so happy to join in on the hype that Hickman's X-Men relaunch has engendered from critics and fans alike. This is a take that feels fresh, bold, and is a welcome utopian turn for a line of comics that has felt bogged down by tragedy and mishap at every corner. Perhaps the most welcome addition is Hickman's high concept, slow-burn plotting which works well against the backdrop of the X-Men's new status quo. The book is smart as hell and not afraid to experiment with cool and compelling infogr ...more
"Humans of the planet Earth. While you slept, the world changed."
-Professor X


I've been a pretty big X-Men fan ever since I was a kid. I'm mostly a DC comics fan now but when it comes to Marvel, I rock with the mutants. They've always been the odd-heroes-out in the Marvel universe, persecuted for their abilities even though other heroes have them. That might be one of the reasons why I've never been a big Avengers fan, because throughout all the years of the X-
Chris Lemmerman
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The X-Men have been directionless for a long time now. There have been numerous attempts to try and get them back to their glory days, but they've met with varying levels of success. So of course, here comes Jonathan Hickman to shake things up the only way he knows how - by taking the X-Men apart at their very core and reconstructing them as something entirely new that they feel like they should have been right from the beginning.

House Of X and Powers Of X are two distinct series, but they form
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Right, before I get stuck into the story, let's deal with the art. There is no denying this is a beautiful looking book; all the artists involved (and I'm definitely including the colourist in this) have done a stellar job. There are some repeated pages, which I'm not normally a fan of, but considering the enormous page count of this story, I wasn't too bothered and it was done for artistic effect, so I'll not drop a star for it.

Artwork: 5 stars

Now to the story. It is becoming more and more clea
Will Robinson Jr.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Unlike anything being published in superhero comics. A triumphant return to true X-men storytelling. Jonathan Hickman returns to Marvel to bring the X-men back to prominence with a tale that without a doubt changes how fans will see the mighty mutants of the Marvel Universe going forward. It is a bit unfair to judge this book without stating that everything that happens in this volume works in unison with its sister volume, Power of X. Hickman spares no time by jumping us right into the action. ...more
Corey Allen
Ok, So I didn't love this. But at the same time I loved it. Does that make any sense? No? Didn't think so.

To set the stage, I'm pretty new when it comes to the marvel comics world. I have been dreading/ really wanting to start reading some x men comics, but I wasn't exactly sure where to start. So I saw a reading guide on marvel unlimited to the x men and it said to start here. Well, here we are! And, to be honest I'm not completely sure this is the BEST place to start. It doesn't really introd
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel, superhero, comics
I read this in singles. 1 each week and each week Hickman blew my mind. This isn't just a reboot of the X-men...its literally a whole new way of looking at Mutant kind in general.

These 12 books, respectively, are the stepping stones into a whole new era of Mutants and how they relate to the Marvel universe in general.

Holy shit I cant wait to see where this all leads...what a trip its gonna be.

Fantastic stuff. Five easy stars.
Anas Abdulhak
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Tingles... This was perfection. I can't wait to see where the Dawn of X takes us.. Strap in folks, Hickman's taking us for a wild ride! ...more
L. McCoy
Imagine if Wakanda was populated by the X-Men and they were a slightly racist cult and are now friends with the mutants that we are used to seeing as the antagonists... that’s what this is like and it’s surprisingly good.
So the story is very interesting throughout, kept me turning the pages. The artwork is decent. I noticed some very interesting but subtle political stuff too, Hickman is really good at that in East of West (my favorite series!) so it’s cool that he’s doing a so
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, then. One big happy family at long last?

I must say off the top that High-Handed Xavier is now my personal favourite Xavier.

Will he inevitably pay a terrible price for his hubris? Well, seeing my man walking about on two perfectly functional legs is all I need to know to safely predict that...or is it?

Probably the most delightful thing about this tome is how the publisher has clearly given the creative team a lot of leeway to shake the Merry Mutants out of their torpor and tell an extremely
Siona St Mark
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really great refresh of the X-Men franchise. This has a lot of concepts and themes that I find really interesting. I have all of the follow-up titles’ first volumes preordered (wow that was word salad) and I had thought about canceling some but after reading this I want to give them all at least one shot.

This does kind of touch on the “X-Men are under threat of extinction” plot that is very very tired and overplayed, but it does so in a different and tasteful way, and the conclusion of the book
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-men
Wow. This'll deserve a more in-depth review when I read it collected, but even reading it each week it was fantastic! Hickman takes not just the X-men but the idea of Marvel characters themselves in a bold direction here and it's brilliant. The artworks amazing. The story hooks you to keep coming back week after week. I can't wait for his new X-men books to start! ...more
Rory Wilding
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has been a fan of the X-Men at an early age when watching X-Men: The Animated Series, the amount of comics featuring the Marvel mutants are too much to know what is a good place to start with. My comics introduction to them was reading Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, which is an ideal start for anyone wanting to read their super-heroics. Given Marvel has relaunched their line-up of books, numerous times over the last decade, so has the X-Men, I have been attemp ...more
Nov 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was recommended by a comic shop employee (whom others considered to be the expert on X-Men) as a good jumping in point to the X-Men. I read the comics in the late 80s and early 90s and he said this was the best way to "catch up".

This is a 12 issue reboot that I felt was pretty dense at times with pages of text that became info dumps. This really brought me out of the flow of the comic. There were also multiple timelines and plot points which at times, made things confusing. I'm hoping a li
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
If any comic need a hard reboot it was the X-Men, and this was a really good one at that. The only negatives are that it was a bit confusing in places (I had to read an article explaining a bit of it) and I think there is a plot hole: (view spoiler).

This is Marvel, so in another year or two we are going to get a big event where Krakoa gets annihilated and half of th
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. The breadth and depth of what Hickman just did to the X Universe is mind-blogging. Amazingly, he radically changed the current, and long standing status quo for something that is the naturally evolution (ahem) of the X-Men story. For the most part, he kept within continuity, pulling in various histories from different decades and wove them together, with some minor, although arguably better changes.

It's so refreshing to read a story that has clearly been well thought out and full of ideas,
Lashaan Balasingam
What an epic way to rebuild the X-Men universe and allow it to have even more scope than ever. The structure of this one is quite complex but once you get used to the flow, you start understanding how the pieces move and it's stunning to watch it all develop.

Speaking of stunning, the artwork is quite wonderful and really brings to life the colourful new environments introduced throughout this story-arc. This is some really good stuff.

Remains to be seen what they plan on doing with all these hero
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I absolutely love the direction that the Marvel Universe and X-Men have gone with this story arc. There's been a few shake-ups in the past (i.e. the House of M storyline) and I watched the X-Men cartoons as a kid (both the 90's one and X-Men Evolution)

I wouldn't call myself an expert on Marvel or their characters/storylines, there's way bigger nerds out there than me, but I absolutely enjoyed this storyline and look forward to what will happen in the world of Marvel after this.
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Jonathan Hickman is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for creating the Image Comics series The Nightly News, The Manhattan Projects and East of West, as well as working on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, FF, and S.H.I.E.L.D. titles. In 2012, Hickman ended his run on the Fantastic Four titles to write The Avengers and The New Avengers, as part the "Marvel NOW!" relaunch. In 2013, ...more

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